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Truck driver pleads not guilty in Tracy Morgan crash

Truck driver pleads not guilty in Tracy Morgan crash

FATAL CRASH:Kevin Roper, center, arrives with his attorney David Jay Glassman, left, for a court appearance Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. Photo: Associated Press/Mel Evans

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The truck driver charged in the fatal highway crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people has pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance.

Kevin Roper appeared in state court in New Brunswick on Wednesday to face death by auto and assault by auto charges. A judge kept his bail at $50,000.

Roper was driving a Walmart truck early Saturday when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike and plowed into Morgan’s limo.

The 45-year-old Morgan suffered broken ribs and a broken leg. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed, and two other passengers were seriously injured.

Morgan underwent surgery for his broken leg and was in critical but stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

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